3 out of 4 stars
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Cassidy had her heart broken while dating a man when she was in college. He broke off their engagement a week before their wedding. Promising herself she would never be hurt like that again, she threw herself into her last semester of classes. After graduating, Cassidy bought the rundown Crystal Lake Inn at an auction. After renovating it and spending every spare minute to make it a success, the inn is currently a thriving business. Her personal attentiveness toward each guest also makes a huge impression on them.
Jack is an acclaimed author who desires a tranquil residence with a picturesque setting to get his creative juices flowing. His current book is overdue because he is suffering from writer’s block. He makes a reservation at Crystal Lake Inn for three weeks with the possibility of extending the time if it is needed. However, the day of his arrival happens to be one where things aren’t going as smoothly at the inn as they typically do. Several unforeseen problems and mix-ups get Jack and Cassidy off on the wrong foot. Will they be capable of putting aside their irritations and suspicions long enough to realize there is an attraction between them?
Crystal Lake Inn by Susan W. Green is a 219-page romance novel. I have read several books with dark themes lately and was looking forward to an interesting story that was light and, hopefully, would have humor inserted into the tale. I wasn’t disappointed. Written from the third-person perspective, the author’s dialogue and prose were believable and easy to follow. The misunderstandings in the tale added to the amusement. The job of operating an inn, with its numerous potential problems, was convincingly portrayed. In addition, the leading characters were nicely developed; one can sense the frustration, anger, and attraction between Cassidy and Jack. The story also shows the importance of friends and family that one can depend on.
Ms. Green’s writing is so descriptive that it is easy to picture the settings and people she is depicting. For example, “the lake, which was an amazing bluish green along the edges, but turned to a vivid lighter blue out towards the horizon.
. . . the shore climbed higher as it gradually worked its way up the mountain side. Along the mountain’s edges, gigantic rock formations created a barrier between the water and land.”
Regrettably, too many errors were encountered to award a perfect score. Another round of editing is encouraged to help the book achieve its potential. Consequently, Crystal Lake Inn receives a rating of three out of four stars. Because of the aforementioned reasons, I felt it was too good for two stars. I heartily recommend it to people who enjoy light, character-driven romance novels. If the reader doesn’t enjoy romance stories, then they should look elsewhere. For sensitive readers, I am delighted to announce that violence, profanity, and explicit sex were not encountered in the story.
Crystal Lake Inn
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